Watt se­cures STSS South ti­tle

Boy­er­town’s Watt se­cures STSS South ti­tle; Godown, El­liott, Howard lead win­ners at Mid-At­lantic Cham­pi­onship week­end

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Brett Deyo For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

GE­ORGE­TOWN, DEL. » Two full days of rac­ing brought more than 200 com­peti­tors to Ge­orge­town Speed­way for Mid-At­lantic Cham­pi­onship Week­end on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Ryan Godown (Bob Hil­bert Sportswear Short Track Su­per Se­ries Fu­eled By VP Mod­i­fied), Ricky El­liott (Su­per Late Model) and Duane Howard (Small-Block Mod­i­fied) head­lined the win­ners dur­ing the sea­son fi­nale event at the Sus­sex County fa­cil­ity.

Ryan Watt, mean­while, se­cured the STSS Ve­locita South Re­gion cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer. The Boy­er­town na­tive will re­ceive $10,000 for the crown.

A to­tal of 219 unique en­tries were filed by com­peti­tors over the two-day event.

Rin­goes, N.J.’s Godown dom­i­nated the eighth and fi­nal STSS South Re­gion event of the sea­son in the Steve Searock-backed No. 26. The ‘Rin­goes Rocket’ earned $6,000 for his ef­forts: $5,000 from the posted purse and $1,000 from Ch­e­sa­peake Paving and Holly Hill Farms as the Mod­i­fied driver with the best com­bined fin­ish from Fri­day and Satur­day.

“I don’t get to run this car very of­ten with my other com­mit­ments, but I love it,” Godown said. “I brought the big-block down but this car felt so good I de­cided to run it both days.”

Godown started sec­ond in the 26-car field and over­came an early battle with Danny John­son to take over a lead he wouldn’t re­lin­quish in a rough-and-tum­ble 40-lap main. John­son and Godown traded the lead be­fore Godown es­tab­lished him­self as the leader fol­low­ing a se­ries of restarts on lap five.

As Godown led, all eyes were on Watt and his quest for the se­ries cham­pi­onship.

Watt spent much of the race bat­tling with Danny John­son for sec­ond spot. Watt se­cured the run­ner-up po­si­tion and chased Godown to the fin­ish.

Watt’s ef­fort se­cured the STSS crown for his Ron Roberts-owned team.

“I could hear on the ra­dio how many cars were left on the lead lap and I knew we were in good shape,” of­fered Watt, who needed to fin­ish 12th or bet­ter to clinch the crown.

“This is a great se­ries. To win the cham­pi­onship two out of three years with this com­pe­ti­tion is awe­some.”

Jamie Mills of Mil­ford, Del., ad­vanced late in the race to fin­ish third, fol­lowed by Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., up from fourth in Norm Hansell’s No. 357, and An­thony Per­rego of Mont­gomery, N.Y., aboard the Su­pe­rior Re­mod­el­ing No. 44.

*** In a down-to-the-wire battle, Ricky El­liott of Seaford, Del., took home a $5,000 top prize in the 40lap Su­per Late Model event Satur­day. El­liott with­stood a late charge from Austin Hub­bard as the pair bat­tled through slower traffic.

El­liott used the out­side lane on an early restart to sweep past Mark Pet­tyjohn. For much of the race it ap­peared El­liott would cruise to vic­tory un­chal­lenged.

That changed dra­mat­i­cally in the fi­nal 10 laps.

First, Kyle Hardy closed to El­liott’s bumper. Then, Hub­bard – who had pit­ted for a tire change and re­bounded from a spin – burst into sec­ond. With three laps re­main­ing Hub­bard drove to El­liott’s in­side in turn three. He pulled even with El­liott but was un­able to com­plete the pass.

Hub­bard chased El­liott to the line.

In Vic­tory Lane, El­liott said he had re­con­sid­ered his pre­vi­ously an­nounced plans of re­tire­ment and will be back be­hind the wheel of a Su­per Late Model in 2018.

Hub­bard set­tled for sec­ond, fol­lowed by Vir­ginia in­vader Hardy, Jamie Lathroum and early leader Pet­tyjohn.

*** Mike Whar­ton earned a $1,000 pay­day in the RUSH Crate Late Model event. The 20-lap event. Austin Hub­bard and Mark Pet­tyjohn had swapped the lead un­til tan­gling in turn two late in the race. Whar­ton slipped by and took the check­ered, sur­viv­ing a pair of late restarts. Billy Thomp- son, Sparky White, Charles Shawver and Kelly Putz com­pleted the front five.

Great Bar­ring­ton, Mass., driver Kyle Smith made the long tow to Delaware worth­while with a win in the 20lap de­but of the Mid-At­lantic Sprint Se­ries at Ge­orge­town. Austin Bishop, Ed­die Wag­ner, Tim Tan­ner and Scott Frack trailed.

Joseph Tracy dom­i­nated the 12-lap Lit­tle Lin­coln event over Landy Adams, who started last.

Jerry Hill went from third-to-first in the 12-lap Delaware Su­per Truck main when the lead­ers tan­gled ex­it­ing turn four on the fi­nal lap.

Jerry Barker emerged from a com­pet­i­tive 12-lap Del­marva Charger event to pick up the win.

*** Duane Howard head­lined Fri­day night’s event with a dra­matic win in the 30-lap Small-Block Mod­i­fied cham­pi­onship. Howard, of Oley, Pa., gar­nered the $3,000 pay­day for Norm Hansell’s No. 357 team, de­feat­ing First State driver Jamie Mills.

Howard started sec­ond and took the top spot at the out­set. Mills, how­ever, uti­lized the out­side lane on a restart to put his Blue Hen Rac­ing No. 30 into the top spot.

Dur­ing a long stretch of green-flag rac­ing dur­ing the event’s mid-por­tions, Howard ran down and passed Mills, com­plet­ing a three­wide sweep­ing move into turn three on the 23rd lap.

Mills and an emerg­ing Ryan Godown chased Howard to the line with Godown ul­ti­mately muscling by for sec­ond. Mills, Mike Gu­lar and Ryan Watt com­pleted the front five.

Jordn Jus­tice worked by David Jenk­ins at the half­way mark and drove on to vic­tory in the 20-lap L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman event, worth $1,000. The win was Jus­tice’s sec­ond of the sea­son at Ge­orge­town. Stephen Ke­mery, Matt Stan­gle, David Jenk­ins and Tom Moore Jr. trailed.

Landy Adams earned an emo­tional 12-lap South­ern Delaware Vin­tage Stock Car win driv­ing for Mark Wil­liams, who is side­lined due to health is­sues.

David Smith com­pleted a last-lap pass of Robert Smith to win the 12-lap Delaware Su­per Truck event, while Joe Wa­ters drove his Ford-pow­ered car past Scott Cal­houn on the fi­nal cir­cuit to top the Del­marva Charger 12-lap main.

*** The Mid-At­lantic Cham­pi­onship con­cluded the 2017 rac­ing sea­son at Ge­orge­town. The speed­way will open its 2018 sea­son in March with a pair of prac­tice ses­sions fol­lowed by the Melvin L. Joseph Memo­rial.

Ge­orge­town Speed­way, orig­i­nally con­structed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 113 and Speed­way Road in Ge­orge­town, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A web­site is live for the speed­way at w w w.the­ge­orge­town­speed­way.com. Like Ge­orge­town Speed­way on Face­book, fol­low @ theg­town­spdwy on Twit­ter, e-mail george­town­speed­way@gmail.com or by con­tact­ing the speed­way hot­line at 302.563.GTWN (4896). MID-AT­LANTIC CHAM­PI­ONSHIP RACE SUM­MARY – GE­ORGE­TOWN SPEED­WAY OC­TO­BER 28, 2017 Bob Hil­bert Sportswear Short Track Su­per Se­ries Fu­eled By VP Ve­locita South Re­gion Event No. 8 Big-Block/ Small-Block Mod­i­fied Fea­ture Fin­ish (40 laps): RYAN GODOWN, Ryan Watt, Jamie Mills, Duane Howard, An­thony Per­rego, David Van Horn Jr., Scott Hitchens, Frank Cozze, H.J. Bunt­ing III, Jimmy Hor­ton, Michael White, Scott Van Gorder, Robert Dut­ton, Jor­dan Wat­son, Danny John­son, Ron Roberts, Billy Pauch, Bran­don Grosso, Jim Britt, Mike Gu­lar, Howard O’Neal, Kevin Sock­riter, Bob Sark­isian, Billy Pauch Jr., Clay Tat­man, Joseph Wat­son. STSS Ve­locita South Re­gion Cham­pion: Ryan Watt Did Not Qual­ify: Dale Hawkins, Rick Laubach, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Von Dohren, Jared Um­ben­hauer, T.J. Wil­liams, Brian Hitz, Glenn Reed. Su­per Late Model Fea­ture Fin­ish (40 laps): RICKY EL­LIOTT, Austin Hub­bard, Kyle Hardy, Jamie Lathroum, Mark Pet­tyjohn, Ross Robin­son, Amanda Wha­ley, Nick Davis, Herb Tunis, Rob Schirmer, Dan Green, Rusty Sch­lenk,

Danny Sny­der, Reese Masiello, Bob Geiger, David Pet­tyjohn, Sparky White, Don­ald Lingo Jr., Zac Weller, Ed­die Drury, Jeremy Miller. Did Not Start: Chuck Schutz, Dy­lan Evans, Ja­son Miller. MASS Sprint Se­ries Fea­ture Fin­ish (20 laps): KYLE SMITH, Austin Bishop, Ed­die Wag­ner, Tim Tan­ner, Scott Frack, Jeff Geiges, Rick Stief, Stef Car­berry, Keith Anderson, John Web­ster, Ryan Still­wag­gon, Erika Wag­ner, Tommy Car­berry, Jon Haegele, Bryant Davis. RUSH Crate Late Model Fea­ture Fin­ish (20 laps): MIKE WHAR­TON, Billy Thomp­son, Sparky White, Cory Lawler, Charles Shawver, Kelly Putz, Chuck Bowie, Robert Smith, Chip Disha­roon, Cody Dawson, David Pet­tyjohn, Austin Hub­bard, Kerry King, Zac Weller, Matt Hill, Matt Glan­den, Joey War­ren, Scott Toss­man, Daniel Drury, Bran­don Stur­gis, Richard Har­den. Lit­tle Lin­coln Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): JOSEPH TRACY, Landy Adams, Kirk Law­son, Sparky White, Bunky White, Ryan Walsen, Matt White. Did Not Start: Brian Piercy. Delaware Su­per Truck Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): JERRY HILL, Joe Pete, Bobby Reed, Brian Meisen­holder, Marvin Smith, Dick Beauchamp, Matt Esham, Dale El­liott, Mike Kennedy, J.R. Bergman, David Smith, Thomas Jack­son, Michelle Jack­son, Robert Smith, Shane Clogg. Del­marva Charger Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): JERRY BARKER, Jay Sip­ple, Joe Wa­ters, Tan­ner Marvel, Ash­ley Mer­ritt, Chris Martinez, Derek Swaf­ford, Randy Mer­ritt, Andrew Hertz, Robert Paczkowski, Ge­off Carey. Did Not Start: Mike Patch­ett. MID-AT­LANTIC CHAM­PI­ONSHIP RACE SUM­MARY – GE­ORGE­TOWN SPEED­WAY OC­TO­BER 27, 2017 Small-Block Mod­i­fied Fea­ture Fin­ish (30 laps): DUANE HOWARD, Ryan Godown, Jamie Mills, Mike Gu­lar, Ryan Watt, Jared Um­ben­hauer, An­thony Per­rego, Craig Von Dohren, David Van Horn Jr., Billy Pauch Jr., Frank Cozze, Matt DeLorenzo, Kevin Sock­riter, Bran­don Grosso, Ron Roberts, Scott Van Gorder, Ryan Mor­timer, H.J. Bunt­ing III, John Will­man, Bob Sark­isian, Jor­dan Wat­son, Danny John­son, Trent Wil­ley, Matt Stan­gle. Did Not Start: Billy Pauch Sr., Ray Swine­hart. L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman Fea­ture Fin­ish (20 laps): JORDN JUS­TICE, Stephen Ke­mery, Matt Stan­gle, David Jenk­ins, Tom Moore Jr., Westley Smith, Kevin Gard­ner, Jon Call­away, Dwayne Crock­ett, Mike Hough, Ryan Rid­dle, Ni­cholas Ni­co­tra, Nick Al­berti, Jeff Marker, Duane Rust, John Steven­son, Trent Van Vorst, Sean Metz, Brain Nailor, Scott Hitchens, Adam White. Did Not Start: Daniel Dury. South­ern Delaware Vin­tage Stock Car Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): LANDY ADAMS, C.J. Schirmer, Matt Cas­sel, Dwayne Heck, Robert Paczkowski, Josh Smith, Dave Par­son, Dave Schamp, Todd Miller, Robert Blann, Wayne Roth, Chris Phillips, Char­lie Smith, Kelly Putz. Delaware Su­per Truck Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): DAVID SMITH, Robert Smith, Shane Clogg, Jerry Hill, Dale El­liott, Joe Pete, Bobby Reed, Matt Esham, Dick Beauchamp, Mike Kennedy, Jeff Townsend, Thomas Jack­son, Marvin Smith, Brian Meisen­holder, J.R. Bergman, Rocky Whit­ley. Did Not Start: Michelle Jack­son. Del­marva Charger Fea­ture Fin­ish (12 laps): JOE WA­TERS, Robert Paczkowski, Tan­ner Marvel, Bud Sip­ple, Chris “Tippy” Martinez, Derek Swaf­ford, Randy Mer­ritt, Chris Carol, Scott Cal­houn, Ash­ley Mer­ritt, Perry Wa­ters.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Ryan Watt, joined in vic­tory lane by wife Lori and son Lo­gan, was crowned STSS South Re­gion cham­pion on Oct. 28 at Ge­orge­town Speed­way in Ge­orge­town, Del.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ryan Watt (14) races dur­ing the mod­i­fied fea­ture at Ge­orge­town Speed­way on Oct. 28.

PHOTOS BY RICH KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Austin Hub­bard (11) and David Pet­tyjohn (8) trade paint dur­ing the Late Model fea­ture at Ge­orge­town, Del., on Oct. 28.

Rac­ing goes three-wide be­tween race win­ner Kyle Smith (17), Tommy Car­berry and Stef Car­berry in the MASS Sprint Se­ries fea­ture at Ge­orge­town Speed­way on Oct. 28.

Ryan Godown (26) and Ryan Watt (14) duel dur­ing the STSS mod­i­fied fea­ture on Oct. 28 at Ge­orge­town Speed­way. Godown won the race while Watt, the run­ner-up, was crowned STSS South Re­gion cham­pion. (Rick Kepner - For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia)

Mike Whar­ton, Ge­orge­town Speed­way Oct. 28. (Rich Kepner - For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia)

Kyle Smith, sec­ond from left, wins the MAS fea­ture at Ge­orge­town Speed­way on Oct. 28.

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